Hard-Fi - Suburban Knights
Mark Mulder live-tweets watching Moneyball
I won't even tell you about this. Just check out his Twitter feed. Here are a few of my favorites.
Since @kimberlybhudson husband doesn't believe I haven't watched Moneyball yet, I'll watch tonight finally and give my opinion on it later.— Mark Mulder (@markmulder20) July 3, 2014
Hattebergs homer was one of the coolest things I ever experienced in baseball.— Mark Mulder (@markmulder20) July 3, 2014
Boy did I blow it game 5 against the Twins. That was a day game by the way. Not a night game.— Mark Mulder (@markmulder20) July 3, 2014
For those wondering, in Game 5 of the 2002 ALDS Mulder pitched seven innings of two-run baseball. Brad Radke went 6.1 innings and allowed just one run. But it still game down to the ninth, where the Twins took a two-run lead and extended it with three runs in the top half before Eddie Guardado gave everyone a heart attack by giving up three of his own in the bottom half.
David Ortiz was responsible for Minnesota's third run in the top of the ninth. That two-out double to score Cristian Guzman may have been the best thing Ortiz ever did in a Twins uniform.
But yeah, Mulder definitely didn't blow Game 5.
Rick Porcello's shutout
20-year old Rick Porcello threw his second shutout in a row last night, but this time he did it while not recording a strikeout or a walk. That hasn't happened since 1989.
The theory of hard in and soft away isn't new, nor is the idea of wanting pitches to look similar out of the hand. But there's a lot that's interesting in the theory of effective velocity, and understanding the concepts and implementing them throughout an entire organization would be a fascinating study in maximizing potential.
"The sleeve that could save baseball"
Can gathering data from sensors give baseball information that would help lead to healthier pitchers and fewer injuries and fewer Tommy John surgeries? Advocates of this sleeve believe that's the case. It's another long form, which makes two really long reads if you're going to go through all of this as well as the effective velocity article, but they're both well worth your time.